Fire, Burn Injury Risks Involving Toasters

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California burn injury lawyers know that there’s always a risk of fire and burns involved when you’re using any type of electrical or household appliances.

California burn injury lawyers know that there’s always a risk of fire and burns involved when you’re using any type of electrical or household appliances.  In recent years, there have been a number of fire and burn-related product recalls of everything from ovens and gas ranges to blenders and hairdryers.  What many consumers may not know is that the humble toaster also poses a serious fire hazard.

Some of the most underestimated fire hazards involve those posed by toasters.  Many of the complaints about fire hazards involving toasters have involved appliances manufactured by Black & Decker.  There have been several consumer complaints about toasters that caught fire, and many of these fires involved different models of Black & Decker toasters.

According to a report by Consumer Affairs, many fire and burn hazards also been reported with the use of Kenmore toasters.  In most of these cases, the person put the bread in the toaster, set the timer to the required limit, and then went out of the kitchen.  When they returned, they found sparks shooting from the toaster, or a toaster that was literally in flames.

Toaster-related product recalls are fairly common.  In December 2011, Hamilton Beach announced a recall of 14,000 toasters because of a fire hazard.  According to the company, it received at least 5 reports of toasters catching fire.

Many incidents of toasters catching fire are linked to the crumbs of bread that collect at the bottom of the toaster.  These crumbs can actually catch fire.  In many toasters, you have a removable tray at the bottom that can be used to collect the crumbs.  The tray should be cleaned regularly.

However, most of the toaster-related fires every year are caused due to mechanical failure of the appliance.  In many of these cases, the timer does not work properly, and does not shut off the heating element.

 

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